Police Reports

April 17, 2010
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Does anybody know if  (and how)  we can access the La Vergne Police Reports?  If we are supposed to have “Neighborhood Watches” doesn’t it make sense to know what we are up against?  I, personally, don’t want to waste the time of our officers on petty BS… (ie. your dog is in my yard and I’m upset).

There are rumors flying about regarding a robbery in my neighborhood.  If that is indeed true, I want to know about it!  I try to meet my neighbors when I get a chance, but still…

Advice?

19 Responses to Police Reports

  1. April 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

    To get police reports you'd have to know the report number. I don't believe they have them listed by address. In my experience as a reporter/editor of the now defunct Rutherford Courier, I knew the officer and was able to get the information from him/her. But that's not always possible. There are quite a few new officers on the beat and it's hard to know everyone. Also, it's $10 per report, I think. You can call Chief Boyd and ask, but it may be cost prohibitive.

  2. Sherry
    April 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I tried to obtain a copy of a police report several ago (after a rash of car break-ins in our neighborhood) and was told that reports were not considered "public information" due to the fact that minors "might" be named. Let me know if you find out something different.

  3. Jennifer
    April 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Speaking of dogs in the yard…

    Does Animal Control make general rounds or do you have to call them? There are about 5-7 dogs on my street that people just let run the neighborhood on a daily basis!

  4. michaelinLV
    April 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I don't understand the problem here. Metro Nashville has a crime website, yet we can't even call and find out this basic information regarding our safety? Sounds like another lawsuit in the works.

    As far as animal control, that's another problem here. Apparently LV contracts with Rutherford County animal control, which means unless you see the dog between 9-5 during the week (and also assuming the stray dog stays in the same spot for the 2 hours it takes for an animal control officer to be dispatched and arrive from Murfreesboro), or unless it attacks someone, you're wasting your time even calling.

    The only time it serves a purpose is if you know one of your neighbors is letting their dog run loose, then Animal Control will come out and "talk" to the owner (and cite them if they personally witness the loose dog). But it's just such a waste of energy.

  5. April 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I just spoke with Chief Boyd and he said that as long as it's not an open or a case that's being investigated, then citizens can get them.

    You'll still have to pay for them though.

  6. michaelinLV
    April 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Angie, what information do we need to know to get them? Can I just ask for a report of all crime in my neighborhood in the last 12 mos?

  7. April 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I spoke to records and here's what they told me.

    If you have access to a fax machine, call Mary Ann or Michelle at 793-7744 and they can fax you the information form that they have. Or you can stop by to get the form. You'll have to fill that out and get it back to them.

    Then in 3 – 5 business days, they will work on getting the reports pulled together and get them for you.

    I am happy to say that you DON'T need a report number and the cost is just 15 cents a page. The reports are usually 3 – 5 pages long. That's a heck of a lot cheaper than $10 a page, huh?

    Anyway, you just have to call or stop by records at PD to get the process started. I hope this helps.

    • Gunner M.
      April 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks for getting that info for the people Angie. Having to have a report number seemed rather extreme.

  8. nclb
    April 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    La Vergne Code on Public Records

    20-401. Procedures regarding access and inspection of public
    records. (1) Consistent with the Public Records Act of the State of Tennessee,
    personnel of the City of La Vergne shall provide full access and assistance in a
    timely and efficient manner to Tennessee residents who request access to public
    documents.
    (2) Employees of the City of La Vergne shall protect the integrity and
    organization of public records with respect to the manner in which the records
    are inspected and copied. All inspections of records must be performed under
    the supervision of the records custodian or designee. All copying of public
    records must be performed by employees of the city, or, in the event that city
    personnel are unable to copy the records, by an entity or person designated by
    the records custodian.
    (3) To prevent excessive disruptions of the work, essential functions,
    and duties of employees of the City of La Vergne, persons requesting inspection
    and/or copying of public records shall complete a records request form to be
    furnished by the city. If the requesting party refuses to complete a request form,
    a city employee shall complete the form with the information provided by the
    requesting party. Persons requesting access to open public records shall
    describe the records with specificity so that the records may be located and made
    available for public inspection or duplication, as provided in (2) above. All
    requests for public records shall originate with the department that will be
    providing the records.
    (4) When records are requested for inspection or copying, the records
    custodian has seven (7) days to determine whether the city can retrieve the
    records requested and whether the requested records contain any confidential
    information, and the estimated charge for copying based upon the number of
    copies and amount of time required. Within seven (7) days of a request for
    records the records custodian shall:
    (a) Produce the records requested;
    (b) Deny the records in writing, giving explanation for denial;
    or,
    20-19
    (c) In the case of voluminous requests, provide the requestor,
    in writing, with an estimated time frame for production and an
    estimation of duplication costs.
    (5) There is no charge assessed to a requester for inspecting a public
    record. Charges for physical copies of records, in accordance with the Office of
    Open Records Counsel (OORC) schedule of reasonable charges, shall be adopted
    by a resolution of the board of mayor and aldermen.
    (6) Requests requiring less than one (1) hour of municipal employee
    labor for research, retrieval and duplication are free to the requester. Labor in
    excess of one (1) hour may be charged by the city, in addition to the cost per copy
    as adopted by a resolution of the board of mayor and aldermen. The city may
    require payment in advance of producing voluminous records. Requests for
    copies of records may not be broken down to multiple requests for the same
    information in order to qualify for the first free hour. For a request requiring
    more than one (1) employee to complete, labor charges will be assessed based on
    the following formula: In calculating the charge for labor, a department head
    shall determine the number of hours each employee spent producing a request.
    The department head shall then subtract the one (1) hour threshold from the
    number of hours the highest paid employee(s) spent producing the request. The
    department head will then multiply the total number of hours to be charged for
    the labor of each employee by that employee's hourly wage. Finally, the
    department head will add together the totals for all the employees involved in
    the request and that will be the total amount of labor that can be charged.

  9. KC
    April 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Cricket,
    I think we live in the same neighborhood? Or it seems like you may have told me once before that you live in the subdivision above mine. Maybe before the small bridge? My memory seems to be leaving me already :). Let me know if you find out anything. We always try to look out for our neighbors.

  10. Sonjalyn
    November 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I heard about the recent break- ins in La Vergne. Our neighborhood in Maury County had a very similar issue and my home was broken into while I was home. I have information regarding a vehicle and two people who were in the vehicle…(seen in our neighborhood at the time of several break-ins.)

    The car had Davidson County tags and both people in the car has a Le Vergne address. Once they claimed to be lost in our neighborhood and out of gas…the second time they were seen, they said they were looking for a car to repossess…..but the person who had been seen driving the car had no drivers licence…just an ID.

    The officer I spoke with in Le Vergne didn't want my information …in fact he interrupted me twice and asked , "How Can I Help You"….I wanted to say …I'm trying to help you…but he transferred me to a voice mail as soon as he could…..I left a message but I doubt they call me…The officer who answered the phone seemed very disinterested! I almost said "sorry to bother you" and hung up…If I had to do it over I would.

  11. Vice Mayor Chris Far
    November 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Sonjalyn, when did you call LPD and who did you talk to? I would love to hear the details of what happend and how you were treated. Feel free to call me.
    Vice Mayor
    Chris Farmer
    615-566-5517

    • Sonjalyn
      November 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      Mr. Farmer,

      Thank you! I phoned earlier today. The officer who answered the phone was not "rude" but was definitely not interested in hearing my story! In all fairness he may have been trying to work on something urgent. My information may be nothing but it just seems too coincidental.

      I will phone you on Monday, during business hours if you like.

      Again Thank You!

      Sonjalyn Dickson Rine

  12. Vice Mayor Chris Far
    November 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Sonjalyn that is fine. It may very well be something that seems like a small issue to some people, but we do not want any of our employees being rude to anyone. We know everyone has a bad day from time to time. I would just like to know the times and such and we can have it looked in to because it should be recorded and I believe we can hear what happend and investigate. We need our city officials and employees treating everyone as they would want to be treated. Thank You Vice Mayor Chris Farmer

  13. steve noe
    November 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    DANG IT, I love it, you go Vise Mayor, I have NEVER heard anyone stand up against the police here to help with just a question. I LOVE IT……

    • steve noe
      November 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      Vice Mayor I mean

  14. michaelinLV
    November 29, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Sonjalyn, just curious, how do you know these two guys had La Vergne addresses?

    I'm certainly not saying the police shouldn't listen to you, but If I'm at LPD and someone calls to tell me about a crime that happened in Maury County and the vehicle had Davidson County plates, I might have also said… "and how am I supposed to help you?"

    I certainly don't want any criminals living here and appreciate you sharing the info with LPD, but if you have the criminals addresses and gave that info to the Maury County police, they should be calling LPD to have them go and arrest these individuals. and bring them back to Maury County for trial.

    • Sonjalyn
      November 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      It’s A Long Story but I’ll Try to Keep It Short…

      My home had just been broken into….We spotted a strang car …

      When we spotted the car and took down the tag number the car pulled down to the end of a cul-de-sac and the people got out. The man changed his shirt & took off his skull cap. The woman got into the passenger’s seat and the man got into the driver’s seat.

      When the MC Deputies stopped the car they asked for ID and they discovered the man had a driver’s license with a Le Vergne address. (This according to the MC Deputy) The woman had a state issued photo ID (no driver’s license) to the same Le Vergne address (This according to the MC Deputy) (Six vehicles and homes, within walking distance of one another, mine was the last one hit…I just happen to be home)

      It was later that evening when neighbors got home from work, that we learned a car and couple matching the same description had been seen in the neighborhood two nights before when several other cars were broken into.

      That’s why I wanted to get the information to LP As Soon As Possible…Had the neighbors and the MC Deputies known that this car and couple had been seen in the first incident…they may have had reason or cause to search the car.

      • Sonjalyn
        November 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

        Hey….and I'm Not Saying These People Are "Criminals"!

        …I'm Saying They Were Here…Twice…And Both Times Car Windows Were Broken Out, Garage Doors Were Mysteriously Opened & People Were Burglarized….

        When A Friend Told Me Similar Stuff Was Happening In La Vergne…I Thought I Should Let Them Know What We Know…Maybe It Will Help….Maybe Not But At Least I Know I Tried…

        Until It Happens To You….You Have No Idea What It Feels Like To Be Sitting In Your Home And Have A Stranger Open Your Garage Door And Walk In… I Got My Gun And My Dog. I Was Prepared To Take A Life In Order To Protect Myself …

        …But I Don’t Think I Could Live With Myself If I Said Or Did Nothing And These Same People Broke Into Another Person Home And That Person Was Harmed…

        So….LP Have My Information…I Hope It’s Not A Waste Of Their Time….

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